It’s been a fun September, folks, but October is only getting better.
October 1st: Thursday Night
Miami 3-0 at Cincinnati 2-2: Yes, it’s the real Miami Hurricanes. Yep, those guys out of Florida. Miami is a 5 point favorite and I think they cover the points.
October 2nd: Friday Night
Memphis 4-0 at South Florida 1-2: The odds makers have Memphis as a 10.5 favorite and the Tigers are a solid team with some good wins under their belts. I have Memphis winning and covering the spread, although South Florida is at home and with their backs against the wall.
Temple 3-0 at Charlotte 2-2: The Temple Owls are 24 point favorites over a team that got demolished by Middle Tennessee allowing 73 points. Temple easily wins, but I don’t think they cover the spread.
Connecticut 2-2 at BYU 3-1: The Cougars of BYU got demolished by Michigan last week and they won’t stay down. They are 18.5 favorites over UConn and should cover.
October 3rd Saturday
Arizona 3-1 at Stanford 3-1: Stanford Offense carves up Arizona and the Cardinal Defense slows up the Wildcats more than enough.
Arizona State 3-1 at UCLA 4-0: Surprisingly, this is not a very good Arizona State team even though they returned a lot of starters. The Bruins have lost 2 key defenders for the season, but they are favored by 13. Josh Rosen and his Offensive mates will run wild over the Sun DEvils
Pittsburgh 2-1 at Virginia Tech 2-2: Virginia Tech is a 4.5 point favorite and inconsistent much like last season. Pitt lost their best player for the season in their first game. The Hokies of Virginia Tech should cover.
South Carolina 2-2 at Missouri 3-1: The Tigers of Missouri have played great on defense, but they haven’t done a lot offensively. Still, they are 3.5 point favorites over South Carolina and I think they beat the Gamecocks.
Purdue 1-3 at Michigan State 4-0: The Spartans are an easy 24.5 point favorite over the awful Boilermakers. Problem is, the Spartans have not been playing that well, but keep beating bad teams. Clearly, the Spartans win this, but can they cover the points? I don’t think they win by more than 20.
Minnesota 3-1 at Northwestern 4-0: Odds makers have the Wildcats a 6.5 favorite over the Gophers. I think the Wildcats win this game, but in a dog fight and by about 3 points.
Iowa 4-0 at Wisconsin 3-1: I’ve missed those good Iowa teams of a few years back and this one is 4-0 so far on the year. Wisconsin is an 8 point favorite and is really tough at home and should cover. This game features 2 top 20 defenses.
West Virginia 3-0 at Oklahoma 3-0: The Mountaineers are nearly invincible at home in Morgantown but a different type of animal on the road. Oklahoma is favored by 6.5 and should cover. The new Oklahoma Quarterback, Baker Mayfield, is outstanding and makes the Sooners a threat. My concern is their defense right now, plus West Virginia looked good defensively in their previous game.
Texas 1-3 at TCU 4-0: Texas fans are coming unglued, but they could just as easily be 3-1 as 1-3. The Frogs are 14.5 point favorites and should cover that easily. TCU is overrated and Texas is not rated, but the Frogs will play their best game against the biggest name in their state.
Houston 3-0 at Tulsa 2-1: The Cougars of Houston are a 9.5 favorite and they should win by 10.
Toledo 3-0 at Ball State 2-2: Toledo is a 9.5 point favorite over Ball State. The Ball State Cardinals are a hard team to get a handle on, but Toledo should win and cover the spread.
Washington State 2-1 at California 4-0: California is a 13.5 point favorite. This is a very dangerous game and if it were in Pullman, I would take Washington State. But, at Cal I am taking the Bears and figure they will cover the spread. Jared Goff is the real deal.
Northern Illinois 2-2 at Central Michigan 1-3: Northern Illinois is a 2.5 point favorite. It’s hard to get a figure on this game because they both have played very tough schedules and given good teams fits. I have to take Northern Illinois in a tight one. I love me some MAC Football.
Air Force 2-1 at Navy 3-0: Navy is a 6 point favorite over a pretty decent Air Force team. The Naval Academy will stay undefeated going into their annual Notre Dame game and they barely cover the spread.
Bowling Green 2-2 at Buffalo 2-2: Bowling Green is a 6.5 point favorite and they have played well against good competition and should more than cover.
Boston College 3-1 at Duke 3-1: Boston College has the top defense in the country right now, but the Duke Blue Devils are a 7 point favorite. It’s a home game for them, so I am going with Duke to cover.
Florida State 3-0 at Wake Forest 2-2: Shockingly the Florida State Seminoles are an 18 point favorite. The Seminoles are unbeaten and are due to put it all together and they beat Wake Forest by 21.
North Carolina 3-1 at Georgia Tech 2-2: It’s been a rough early season for the once highly rated Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech. But, they are still 10.5 point favorites over a pretty good North Carolina. It’s a home game for Georgia Tech, so I think they win but they may not cover the spread. It’s too bad, but the Georgia Tech football team is really good and will struggle to produce a record to prove it with Clemson, Florida State and Georgia left on their schedule.
Alabama 3-1 at Georgia 4-0: Bulldogs come in as 2.5 point favorites, but Bama upsets them and proves they are still king of the SEC. Both teams have ACC Quarterback rejects and Georgia’s defense needs to prove itself still. I honestly don’t see Bama with 2 losses this early in the season.
Texas Tech 3-1 at Baylor 4-0: Baylor at home is a 15.5 favorite, but Texas Tech has some fight left in them. I think Baylor wins but doesn’t cover the spread because the Red Raiders can score some points this season.
Nebraska 2-2 at Illinois 3-1: Nebraska is a couple of breaks away from being undefeated and ranked. Illinois fired their coach at the beginning of the season and should be in disarray, but has done probably better without their old coach going 3-1. The Huskers are 7.5 point favorites and they should win fairly easily.
Ohio State 4-0 at Indiana 4-0: The Hoosiers haven’t gone 5-0 in a football season since 1967 which I wrote about in my blog. Of course, the Buckeyes are 17.5 point favorites and should win somewhat easily but they may not win by more than 14 from the way they have been playing this season. Indiana is better than some people might think.
Kansas State 3-0 at Oklahoma State 4-0: The Cowboys are a 3.5 point favorite and neither of these teams have impressed so far. I think the Cowboys win in a tight one and don’t cover the spread.
Ole Miss 4-0 at Florida 4-0: The betters have Ole Miss established as 6.5 point favorites and I do think they cover. I’m not sold on Florida at all, but they are better than I expected.
Arkansas 1-3 at Tennessee 2-2: This game could be called the Disappointment Bowl because both of these teams were supposed to have break out seasons and they have flopped. Tennessee still has time to save theirs and to win the East and they are a 7.5 point favorite over the Hogs.
Eastern Michigan 1-3 at LSU 3-0: Eastern Michigan is by far the worst of the Michigan Directional schools and LSU is favored by 45 points and I think they might just cover. Probably not the best of games for Heisman front runner Leonard Fournette because he might get pulled at half time.
Vanderbilt 1-3 at Middle Tennessee 2-2: Middle Tennessee is favored by 4.5 over an SEC team. This is a desperate situation for Vanderbilt and coach Derek Mason, and a must win. I am thinking they pull it off in something of an upset. The Blue Raiders are a pretty good team and the Commodores are not at all.
Louisiana Lafayette 1-2 at Louisiana Tech 2-2: Louisiana Tech is another school that could just as easily be 4-0 as they are 2-2. They are favored by 16 points and with Quarterback transfer Jeff Driskel and outstanding Running Back Kenneth Dixon should easily cover the points.
Mississippi State 3-1 at Texas A$M 4-0: The Aggies are the 6.5 point favorite over the Bulldogs who have not been overly impressive. This is a must win for both teams and MSU lost too much from last season’s team. I am picking the Aggies to cover the spread at home.
Notre Dame 4-0 at Clemson 3-0: The Fighting Irish are favored by 1 point over Clemson. Clemson is tough to beat at home in Death Valley, but they are not as battle tested as Notre Dame. This one could easily go either way, but I am sticking with Notre Dame.
Michigan 3-1 at Maryland 2-2: Michigan is a 12 point favorite and will easily cover even on the road. Right now, Michigan is one of the better teams and very well coached.
New Mexico State at New Mexico: Whipping Boy Bowl. New Mexico is favored by 14 points and they are a well coached team with former Notre Dame Bob Davie and should cover the spread.
Oregon 2-2 at Colorado 3-1: The Ducks are a 12 point favorite over the Buffaloes. But, after their opening disappointment against Hawaii, the Buffs have come on strong. I love the Colorado coach and I think he will succeed if given time. The Ducks got blown out by Utah this past weekend and they should bounce back, but the Buffs may give them a game and I think the Ducks win but don’t cover.
Louisville 1-3 at North Carolina State 4-0: North Carolina State is favored by 5 and I think they cover. This is one of the better Wolfpack teams in recent years. Beware ACC.